Yvette Roubideaux, MD, MPH (Rosebud Sioux/Standing Rock Sioux) is the Director of the NCAI Policy Research Center. The mission of the NCAI Policy Research Center is to provide tribal leaders with the best available knowledge to make strategically proactive policy decisions in a framework of Native wisdom that positively impact the future of Native peoples. Her prior work includes research, education, health systems administration and policy development in the areas of American Indian/Alaska Native health and the quality of diabetes care. She served in the Obama Administration as a Senior Advisor to the HHS Secretary for American Indians and Alaska Natives and as the Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS). She is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Health Systems, Management, and Policy in the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado, and her previous academic appointments include Clinical Professor and Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Leadership at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and Zuckerman College of Public Health. Dr. Roubideaux served as the co-director of the Coordinating Center for the IHS Special Diabetes Program for Indians Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Demonstration Projects, directed training programs to encourage American Indian and Alaska Native students to enter health and research professions, is a founder of the Native Research Network, Inc., and served as President of the Association of American Indian Physicians. Dr Roubideaux received her undergraduate, medical and public health degrees at Harvard, is the author of several peer-reviewed research publications and co-edited the 2001 book Promises to Keep: Public Health Policy for American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Amber D. Ebarb, MPP (Tlingit) is a Program Manager with the NCAI Policy Research Center. Amber Ebarb belongs to the Raven Dog salmon clan (L’eeneidi) in Alaska. She received a BA from Whitman College and a Master’s in Public Policy with a focus on budget and public finance from George Washington University. She came to the National Congress of American Indians working for the legislative policy team. Her policy portfolio includes budget and appropriations issues, Census issues, fulfillment of the federal trust responsibility, contract support costs, and technical assistance for budget consultations. For the NCAI Policy Research Center, she works on data quality issues, tribal capacity building for data collection and analysis. She also leads the work of NCAI’s Census Information Center.
Sarah Cline Pytalski, MPP, is the Policy Research & Evaluation Manager at the NCAI Policy Research Center. She has more than a decade of experience in community development work with a strong background in research and writing, project management, evaluation, and strategic communications. Her current projects focus on racial/ethnic data disaggregation and misclassification, on building tribal research capacity, and on reshaping narratives through strengths-based analysis. Sarah previously worked at Rural Dynamics, Inc. and managed the Northern Plains Initiative, an effort supporting rural and tribal community development and strategic policy engagement across the four state region of Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota. She has a MPP with a rural policy concentration from Oregon State University and a BA in international development from McGill University (Montreal).
Natasha Anderson (Ihanktonwan Nakota/Ponca), JD, is the Native Youth Strategy Coordinator at the NCAI Policy Research Center. Natasha is a descendant of the Ihanktonwan Nakota and Ponca; and an enrolled member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. She received her JD from the University of New Mexico School of Law and her BA from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to law school, Natasha worked three seasons as a wildland firefighter for the BIA Pacific Region. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo (West Africa), where she focused on community health education. As a former prosecutor, private attorney at an Indian law firm, and federal employee supporting tribal courts, Natasha hopes to draw upon her work and life experiences to further the vision of the First Kids 1st Initiative and support Native youth.